• Rusty Coram

2021_12_15 Insight Post- Rusty Coram

This week's reading- John 17-18

If ever there was a time to learn how to communicate effectively with respect, it’s now. Today, way too many of us love to express our thoughts and opinions with little or no regard for others. Emboldened and hidden behind screens we can be bold, caustic, inflammatory and downright mean. It’s at times like this that Jesus’ example should correct us. In John 18 we witness an exchange He had with the High Priest who had convened a hasty inquisition: “The high priest then questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. 20 Jesus answered him, “I have spoken openly to the world. I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret. 21 Why do you ask me? Ask those who have heard me what I said to them; they know what I said.” 22 When he had said these things, one of the officers standing by struck Jesus with his hand, saying, “Is that how you answer the high priest?” 23 Jesus answered him, “If what I said is wrong, bear witness about the wrong; but if what I said is right, why do you strike me?” John 18:19–23 (ESV)

The way the Jewish leaders chose to handle Jesus’ arrest and trial violated a variety of laws and completely ignored the due process He should have been afforded. Jesus knew this was happening, and He also knew that His father was right beside Him as He faced His enemies. Jesus didn’t give into hopelessness, plead for mercy, or scream for justice. What He did do, was speak to the High Priest with respect, clarity and truth. This is a great example for all of us to follow in the face of unjust treatment. We should keep our eyes on God, and address the situation respectfully, with clarity and truth, just like He did.

A few days after this event, the officials were scrambling for answers to an even greater problem when they had an empty tomb to explain. I wonder what the officer that struck Jesus had going through his mind at that point…

Rusty Coram

Senior Pastor